There is a law in Colorado against any wildlife rehabilitators taking in or treating deer. This is due to concerns regarding Chronic Wasting Disease, according to the Colorado Division of Wildlife. While I understand those concerns, we currently have an extraordinary circumstance in the form of numerous wildfires burning across the state.
Towns near the fires are starting to see an influx of animals including bears, moose, and deer. Some of the deer have obvious burn marks on their faces and legs. Many of those also have young fawns with them. The doe in this picture appears to have burns to her face and left rear leg. She was found near the High Park fire west of Fort Collins. We are also finding orphaned fawns fleeing the fires. The CDoW has said they - and we- can do absolutely nothing to help these burned deer due to state law.
Please- ask the state to make an exception. These animals are clearly not suffering from Chronic Wasting Disease when they have burn marks across their bodies. Burns are painful- allow these animals to be treated.
PLEASE help spread this petition. We need as many signatures as quickly as possible in order to help animals currently affected.
If you have the time, you can also copy and paste the text from this petition and send it directly to Colorado representatives, using the following links:
Senator Mark Udall: http://www.markudall.senate.gov/?p=contact
Congressman Jared Polis: http://polis.house.gov/Contact/ContactForm.htm
Congressman Cory Gardner: https://gardner.house.gov/contact-me
State House Representative Randy Fischer: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Representative-Randy-Fischer/280632485041
U.S. Senator Michael Bennet: http://www.bennet.senate.gov/contact/